Bojack Horseman

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Jan 232016
 

I can see why some people aren’t into this show; its tone is all over the place. Personally I think it works. A majority of the show’s running-time is light and absurd – animal puns & Todd being Todd – especially early in the series and early in each episode. But when the serious moments come, they really beat your guts out.  At its core it’s a tragedy, and the sadness wouldn’t resonate without the silliness, because that is its source.

 

Hollywood is a silly business in a ridiculous town, and it ate Bojack alive. He’s a very flawed guy who wanted to do something meaningful with his life but chose the worst place on Earth to try. Showbiz is so competitive that merely succeeding is hard – doing it with any dignity is almost impossible. Years ago, Bojack deliberately chose to compromise himself. Now he’s dealing with the consequences: he’s rich, famous, and irrelevant.

Bill Hicks – Letterman revisits censored performance

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Dec 092015
 

Bill Hicks was arguably the greatest stand-up comedian who ever lived. In my opinion he and Doug Stanhope are in a class by themselves. Various others whom I enjoy very much, including the brilliant Louis C.K., nonetheless occupy a lower sphere altogether in my eyes. To some extent it’s personal taste, apples and oranges, and your mileage might vary. Other than Lenny Bruce, I’m not familiar with any other comedians who’ve even attempted this particular type of style.

Hicks performed on Letterman’s “Late Night” for the first time in 1983, and went on to make a total of 12 appearances, the last of which, on October 1st, 1993, was removed from the final broadcast by Letterman and his producers. In this remarkable 2009 episode, Dave revisits Hicks’s final appearance on “Late Night” and expresses regret at his decision to censor Bill’s last performance on broadcast television prior to his death by pancreatic cancer the following year. His guest for the occasion is Bill’s mother, with whom he discusses Bill’s life, work, and final months. He then presents Bill’s previously-unaired performance in its entirety. It’s an unbelievable classy segment.

The Brink

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Oct 292015
 

Just started this. A “geopolitical dark comedy” (EW.com) – I would lean more towards “raucous political farce” – starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. Can’t say for sure at this point but seems promising; unfortunately HBO just got cancelled after its initial 10-episode season.

Update, during ep3: Still digging it. Critics’ score on Metacritic is 52, but the negative reviews all complain about lack of comic timing (and congratulate themselves for getting the obvious “Dr. Strangelove” references, gj guys). I dunno – it definitely doesn’t telegraph its jokes like a sitcom; rather it simply jettisons them in the midst of otherwise straight-faced tense-blockbuster-thriller-moments, with nary a pause in the tense-blockbuster-thriller-score. Works for me so-far.

The Muppets

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Oct 282015
 

“The Muppets” (ABC.com) seems pretty great so far. Like the original, its focus is behind-the-scenes, but I would never have thought to shoot the whole thing like “The Office” – it works astonishingly well.
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My life is a bacon-wrapped Hell on earth

The Mooninites

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Sep 092015
 

This playlist is far more advanced than our primitive Earth playlists.

Maybe in Your World There’s a Little Tree…

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Aug 172015
 

Amazon Prime has a few seasons of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting.” There’s also a ton on YouTube (see below). For those of you not familiar with this old PBS gem, Bob Ross paints a different oil landscape every episode, 30 minutes flat, with few or no time-lapses. His voice is hypnotic – it’s the best stress-relief you can get short of hardcore pharmaceuticals.

Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting (Amazon Prime Video)
Bob Ross (Wikipedia)